Titans find their stride at regionals

11/07/2014 18:11

Jackson Dietel
Reporter | The Torch

The 2014 season for the Lane Community College women’s cross country team has been spearheaded by the team’s three returning sophomores, Nicole Maurmann, Alli Cross and 2013 All-American Katy Potter. Maurmann has been very consistent this season, finishing first or second for the Titans in every meet.

Cross has made it a point to stick with Maurmann during their races, helping the Titans deliver a formidable one-two punch. Potter has also delivered several strong performances for the Titans.

Head Coach Mike Blackmore has extreme confidence in his top sophomores. “We have three number one girls, it’s awesome to not have to worry about who is going to cross the finish line first,” Blackmore said.  “We know they’re all going to be within 15 seconds of each other.”

This year’s Titan team is relatively young with five freshmen on the active roster. Cross, Maurmann and Potter have all worked with their younger teammates to help them improve.

Blackmore feels as if the freshmen are coming along well this season. “If you look at where our freshmen were last year compared to where they are this year, we’re way ahead of the game compared to last year. I’ve liked what I’ve seen,” he said. The Titans continued their momentum at the NWAC Preview on Sept. 27, in which Cross and Maurmann finished second and third respectively, with Potter finishing seventh.

Armed with a new sense of confidence, the Titans traveled to Brooks, Oregon to run in the George Fox Invitational at Willamette Mission on Oct. 11. Maurmann led the Titans with a second place finish in 19:02 behind Cassidy Brown of Northwest University, who finished in 18:35. Potter also finished in the top ten for the Titans, finishing seventh in 19:31.6.

Freshman Kendall Maslen performed well in the third team spot, bringing the Titans up to 95 total team points for a third place showing.

After the George Fox Invitational the Titans came home to rest and recharge ahead of the regular season finale at the 2014 NWAC Southern Regional Championships at Clackamas Community College on Oct. 25. Cross returned in this race, and what a return it was.

This race was the Titans best showing of the season.

Maurmann, Cross and Potter finished second, third and fourth, respectively, in the 5K race. Maurmann finished in 19:05, Cross in 19:16, and Potter, last year’s Southern Region champion and NWAC runner up, finished just behind Cross in 19:20, her best finish this season. The Titans also got some solid production from freshmen Madison Schell, with a time of 20:42, and Kaetlyn Wells, who ran in 21:03, both contributing crucial team points toward the Titans 39 point victory. All of the Titans finished in the top 20 of the 45 racers.

The Titans couldn’t have asked for a better ending to their regular season. If the team can perform well at the NWAC championship meet on Saturday Nov. 8, a championship seems within this team’s grasp. “Everyone knows they have to race at their fitness level and work together to achieve success. No individuals can carry us to team championships, we’re doing things in workouts right now that none of my previous teams could do,” Blackmore said.